Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Sophie’s life is settled. While her sisters go off to seek their fortunes, here she will be, at home, working in the family’s hat shop. But then she insults the Wicked Witch of the Waste one day, and the Witch gets revenge – turning her into an old woman.

Sophie is determined to resume her natural state and ends up moving into the moving castle of Howl, a dangerous wizard who is rumored to steal girls’ souls. She meets his strange accomplices and begins to see that he is not as dangerous as he seems. But it will take everything she’s got to find a bunch of missing persons, save Howl himself, and go back to her natural age.

 

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The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Maurice is a cat. He has a group of rats — talking, intelligent rats — that do his bidding because he pays them. They make money by doing a fake Pied Piper act, complete with a stupid-looking kid named Keith to play the pipe. The rats are tired of the act, so the town called Bad Blintz will be the last one.

But Bad Blintz is no ordinary town. There is something evil lurking in the tunnels under the town — something that talks into your head, something that is stealing all of the food from the people who live there. It’s up to Maurice, the rats (especially Peaches, Darktan, and Dangerous Beans), the kid named Keith, and the mayor’s daughter Malicia to solve the mystery and save Bad Blintz from crippling famine.

 

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The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

A witch cannot be born on chalk. And yet, here is Tiffany Aching, a nine-year-old girl who has read the entire dictionary and is very skilled with a frying pan, who wants to be a witch when she grows up. Just like she suspects her Granny Aching was.

When Tiffany’s younger brother Wentworth is kidnapped by the evil Fairy Queen, Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, or pictsies — little blue men about six inches high who love to steal, fight, and drink — to get him back. She will have to battle nightmares, paintings, a jealous female pictsie, and an unwanted marriage, but in the end, success will depend on her common sense – and Granny Aching’s knowledge of sheep.

 

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Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Bud knows he’s in trouble when he runs away from the foster family that was cruel to him. He’s out on his own in the streets of Great Depression, Michigan, an orphan whose only clue to finding his missing father is a poster his mother gave him before she died which advertises a famous band — Herman E. Calloway and the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!!

Bud searches out the band in hopes that Herman is his dad. He will have to battle vampires, hunger, wasps, and not being able to leave the town he’s in — but even he could never have expected the biggest opposition to be Herman E. Calloway himself!

 

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The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Ever since the 19 Days, when the entire world was destroyed by a series of natural disasters, Great Britain has been scraping out a living under the royal Windsor family. Princess Eliza knows something is wrong, but even she wasn’t expecting the family’s annual ball to be attacked by an insane murderer and usurper named Cornelius Hollister- the same man who murdered her mother.

Eliza finds herself alone, an orphan whose brother and big sister are being held hostage by Hollister. She goes undercover to try to save them and discovers both Hollister’s army and a secret Resistance. Desperate to save her family, Eliza is falling in love with a young man named Wesley and trying to keep away from Hollister. But how long will a sixteen-year-old girl last as the most wanted person in the world?

 

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Girl, Stolen by April Henry

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Cheyenne was just going to stay in the back of the car while her stepmom ran into the drugstore to pick up a prescription for Cheyenne’s pneumonia. Cheyenne is blind and left her guide dog at home, which turns out to be a mistake — a big mistake.

Griffin is the son of a car thief and a criminal. When he sees a Cadillac sitting running in the parking lot with no one in it, he can’t resist. What he doesn’t realize is that the daughter of Nike’s president is in the back of the car.

Cheyenne finds herself being held prisoner, desperately sick and desperate to escape. And for the first time, Griffin is caring for someone other than himself. But will that be enough to get Cheyenne out before it’s too late?

 

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The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde (The Chronicles of Kazam, book 2)

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Jennifer Strange thought her troubles were over when she killed the dragon and Big Magic showed up to fix it. But now she and her handful of insane wizards at Kazam are locked in a power-struggle with their rival magic company, iMagic, and preparing for a competition — rebuilding the bridge in the city entirely by magic.

When their most reliable sorcerers begin to be arrested and the Amazing Blix takes over the position of Court Mystician, Jennifer suspects foul play. It will take a Quarkbeast, a mysterious woman named the Once Powerful Boo, a missing ring, the Transient Moose, and Jennifer’s sort-of boyfriend Perkins to fix this mess — and the bridge.

 

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All-American Girl by Meg Cabot

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Samantha just wants to draw pictures in her own way and not get in trouble for being in love with her big sister, Lucy’s, boyfriend. But when Lucy is the most popular girl at school and her younger sister, Rebecca, is a nationally certified genius, Sam feels forgotten by everyone.

Things begin to look up when Sam skips art class and ends up saving the president from an assassin. But when Sam realizes that the president’s son, David, is in love with her and that she’s been named the Teen Ambassador to the United Nations, things get way more complicated.

 

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Scout Finch has a good life with her brother, Jem, and father, Atticus. They spend their days going to school, playing with their friend, Dill, and tormenting Boo Radley, the man next door who never comes outside. Her father is a lawyer, but his cases don’t typically come through the front door.

Then one day, Atticus has to take up a case that everyone is opposed to — a case where a black man has been accused of raping a white woman. Scout’s life suddenly changes as everyone around her begins dividing on either side of the Robinson case — and she has to form her own opinion of right and wrong.

 

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The Ashleys by Melissa de la Cruz

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

At Ms. Gamble’s School for girls, the Ashleys rule. There are three of them, all the same grade, all gorgeous, all rich, and all named Ashley. They’ve reigned uncontested for years now, but there’s a new challenger to the throne — Lauren Page.  Lauren’s father recently engineered a new video-sharing site that has made his family into multi-billionaires. Lauren’s ready to change seventh grade, but Ashley Spencer, Ashley Alioto, and Ashley Li are not going down without a fight.

Better watch out, Ms. Gamble’s!

 

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